What is it with drivers!?

Full bore down Wilmslow road in the bus lane with a tail wind and a car passes on your right, then throws the left indicator to turn off across the front of you, and slows down expecting you to pass on the inside first!?

I appreciate a lot of Uni cyclists (not to be confused with unicyclists!) would just pass through in a world of their own. What in fact that driver is doing is forcing you to break the laws of the road, requiring me to grab a hand full of brakes and whip round the back of the car to pass, correctly, on the off-side.

Would they do the same with a bus? No, of course not

Note highway code 167 (second to last point)

DO NOT overtake where you might come into conflict with other road users. For example

  • approaching or at a road junction on either side of the road
  • where the road narrows
  • when approaching a school crossing patrol
  • between the kerb and a bus or tram when it is at a stop
  • where traffic is queuing at junctions or road works
  • when you would force another road user to swerve or slow down
  • at a level crossing
  • when a road user is indicating right, even if you believe the signal should have been cancelled. Do not take a risk; wait for the signal to be cancelled
  • stay behind if you are following a cyclist approaching a roundabout or junction, and you intend to turn left
  • when a tram is standing at a kerbside tram stop and there is no clearly marked passing lane for other traffic


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